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John R. Seffrin

JohnSeffrinSeffrin received a bachelor's degree in biology from Ball State in 1966. He was a professor of health education and chair of the Department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University. During 20 years as an American Cancer Society volunteer, he chaired the Indiana Division board of directors, followed by the national board from 1989 to 1991. 

Seffrin was named chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Cancer Society in 1992. In addition to serving as the Society's top executive, he is also the CEO of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, as well as a past president of the Union for International Cancer Control, the first globally oriented non-governmental cancer organization. 

Seffrin received an Honorary Doctorate of Science in 1994 from Ball State and joined the Ball State University Foundation board in 2004. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Carole, a 1966 graduate of Ball State.